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Riverside Cemetery

Address: 53 Birch St, Asheville, NC 28801
Phone Number: +1 828 350 2066
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Ranked #16 of 65 Attractions in Asheville
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Cemeteries, Cultural
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Owner description: This beautiful garden style cemetery encompasses 87 acres near downtown Asheville, NC overlooking the French Broad River. Among the rolling hills and gardens you can find the graves of prominent writers such as Thomas Wolfe and O. Henry, Civil War heroes, and politicians that shaped North Carolina's history. Self-guided walking tours are available at the cemetery office Monday - Friday from 8:00am to 4:30pm.

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Deltona, Florida
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84 reviews 84 reviews
35 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

Taking note of the lives of many "Great Americans" that are here, it was a review of history for me. It doesn't take long to find out that you are in the presence of many of the founders of the area and contributors to America as a whole. A worth while side trip.

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Hoschton, Georgia
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23 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

There was a lot of pretty fall color in the cemetery when we drove around. Hilly and curvy but paved and not difficult to maneuver.

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san diego
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

Like many out of towners, I went to see the graves of O'Henry & Thomas Wolfe. Well worth the time . Offered a quiet and beautiful side trip on a gorgeous Fall day.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

Lovely grounds, an interested (and interesting!) caretaker, historical markers - really terrific. We visit cemeteries in a lot of towns - this is a good one.

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Tampa, Florida
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

A map of the graveyard is available at the ground taker's house. A lot of history for a small graveyard.

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Asheville, North Carolina
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53 reviews 53 reviews
40 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

I have several family members including distant cousin and Asheville native Thomas Wolfe buried there and it's a very nice cemetery to walk around. The poet O Henry is buried there as well and people have left change on his grave side from time to time.

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Asheville, North Carolina
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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

This is a nice, serene place to walk. Hilly with many large, old, trees. It's well cared for. Author O'Henry and other historical figures are buried here. Conveniently located near Historical Montford, near downtown Asheville, NC.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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29 reviews 29 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

It felt weird to "rate" a cemetary! However, if you love history, go here and plan to take some time to read the head stones and wander the grounds. It's a beautiful spot.

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Asheville, North Carolina
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73 reviews 73 reviews
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

This old cemetery has some notable residents and unique gravestones. It is located on a knoll or ridge with some fairly steep sides. It is an Asheville landmark near downtown. R

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Homewood, Alabama
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Beautiful cemetery and took a few minutes to look at the more famous residents. Was unable to locate the graves of my great grandmother & grandfather or great aunt, not the fault of the cemetery. Would suggest putting a sign on Munford Ave to help people navigate their way to the cemetery.

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